Monday, March 14, 2011

Salman Khan TED Talks Khan Academy Online

Every educator owes it to him/herself, his/her students, and the future of education to watch this video. While Khan's approach is but one of myriad possible ways to improve Education (with a capital E), it potentially addresses several root manifestations of the fine fix we've worked ourselves into:

  • The damage that homework does to family, child, and learning
  • Lecture as primary mode of teaching
  • "Classroom management"--Sit quietly in your seat and pay attention: Do not talk
  • Standardized testing = principle assessment tool
  • Missed steps in learning snowballing into failure
  • The bad rap that making mistakes has been saddled with
  • Games = the enemy

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